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Title:
The incredible shrinking man
Author:
Matheson, Richard, 1926-2013.
Edition:
First TOR paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York : TOR, 2001.

©1994
Physical Description:
351 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Language:
English
Contents:
The incredible shrinking man -- Nightmare at 20,000 feet -- The test -- The holiday man -- Mantage -- The distributor -- By appointment only -- Button, button -- Duel -- Shoofly.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.3 18.0 55310.
ISBN:
9780312856649
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Inch by inch, day by day, Scott Carey is getting smaller. Once an unremarkable husband and father, Scott finds himself shrinking with no end in sight. His wife and family turn into unreachable giants, the family cat becomes a predatory menace, and Scott must struggle to survive in a world that seems to be growing ever larger and more perilous--until he faces the ultimate limits of fear and existence.

"This is a thrilling and unforgettable experience." -- Publishers Weekly , Starred Review


Author Notes

Richard Matheson was born on February 20, 1926 in Allendale, New Jersey. He was eight when his stories appeared in a local newspaper, the Brooklyn Eagle. He served during World War II. He received a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in 1949. In 1950 he first was noticed as an upcoming writer-to-watch, starting with the short story Born of Man and Woman. He wrote numerous novels and short stories during his lifetime including I am Legend, The Shrinking Man, What Dreams May Come, and Hell House. He won the World Fantasy Convention's Life Achievement Award, the Bram Stoker Award for Life Achievement, the Hugo Award, the Golden Spur Award, and the Writer's Guild Award. He also was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2010.

When Hollywood approached him for the rights to his novel The Shrinking Man, he negotiated the chance to write the screenplay. This began a long career in screenwriting and adapting. He wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's Duel and 16 episodes of the television series The Twilight Zone. He won an Edgar Allan Poe Award in 1973 for The Night Stalker. He died on June 23, 2013 at the age of 87.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Starred Review. Matheson's legendary 1956 sci-fi tale of Scott Carey, a family man who is slowly shrinking into obscurity and a terrifying new world inside his own house, is beautifully realized by Yuri Rasovsky's memorable reading. Enthusiastic and compelling, Rasovsky seems predisposed to the suspense master's style of writing. Capturing the brilliant mix of everyday life and extraordinary horrors that Matheson is so revered for creating, Rasovsky reads with a dry, cool wit that breathes new life into this classic tale. He knows exactly how to relay the tension and anxiety to his audience, and never ceases to raise the stakes and bring the audience to their knees in sheer terror. This is a thrilling and unforgettable experience. A Tor paperback. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Chapter One First he thought it was a tidal wave. Then he saw that the sky and ocean were visible through it and it was a curtain of spray rushing at the boat. He'd been sunbathing on top of the cabin. It was just coincidence that he pushed up on his elbow and saw it coming. "Marty!" he yelled. There was no answer. He scuttled across the hot wood and slid down the deck. "Hey, Marty!" The spray didn't look menacing, but for some reason he wanted to avoid it. he ran around the cabin, wincing at the hot planks underfoot. It would be a race. Which he lost. One moment he was in sunlight. The next he was being soaked by the warm, glittering spray. Then it was past. He stood there watching it sweep across the water, sun-glowing drops of it covering him. Suddenly he twitched and looked down. There was a curious tingling on his skin. He grabbed for a towel and dried himself. It wasn't so much pain as a pleasant stinging, like that of lotion on newly shaven cheeks. Then he was dry and the feeling was almost gone. He went below and woke up his brother and told him about the curtain of spray that had run across the boat. It was the beginning. Copyright (c) 1994 by Richard Matheson Excerpted from The Incredible Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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